Simply standing

By Rick James

The last couple of months have been some of the most difficult of my life with a really severe family illness. At my best moments I’ve been wondering what I should be learning from this crisis. The Armour of God passage in Ephesians 6 has come all too alive for me. On the morning the crisis broke, I had read from the Message version that “This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.” (v12)

And since then, it’s mostly been about simply trying to stand. As it says in the next verse in the NIV “Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then…”

Sometimes we can feel like we are soaring like eagles, other times running and not fainting, but at other times it may be about simply standing and taking what life throws at you. It obviously makes a big difference, what we choose to stand on. We very quickly realised we had no human resources left and found huge support in God’s promises in Psalm 91.

As you think about this week:
At the moment, in what areas of your life is it about simply standing?
What are you choosing to stand on?

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